Belgium - Social partners agree on improvement of parental leave - January 01, 2017

The social partners reached an agreement on the time credit for parental leave. In the past, it was even possible to take a period of non-motivated leave. However, this provision was forbidden in a royal decree by the government. The new agreement gives workers the right to apply for a fulltime, halftime or 20% leave, with a maximum of 51 months. The leave has to be motivated; valid grounds are the caretaking of children up to the age of 8 years, palliative care, the caretaking of a family member or relative that is seriously ill or the care for handicapped and seriously ill children (up to 21 years).

French: http://www.7sur7.be …  

Text of the agreement (in French): http://www.cnt-nar.be/CCT-ORIG …   

Dutch: http://www.hln.be/hln/nl …  

Text of the agreement (in Dutch): http://www.cnt-nar.be/CAO-ORIG …    

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